Rome, 15 June 2022 – Drinking water and drought warning, 125 municipalities between Lombardy e Piedmont in the viewfinder. The multi-utilities of the integrated water service headed by Utilitalia they asked mayors to ration thedrinking water from night. Extremely economical use is certainly recommended. Also because a deepening of the federation confirms that we are wasteful. While the latest bulletin of thebasin authority of the Po gives a dramatic picture: we are in worst crisis in 70 years. But what should we expect?
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Giordano Colarullo, general manager of Utilitalia: no shower at night, for example?
“This has to be seen. It could also be a rationing in the sense of lowering the water pressure, so not a complete shutdown. Clearly, the discomfort is there.”
And what should we expect?
“The climatic situation is extraordinary, due to the absence of rain and also of snow reserves. On the one hand, it is necessary to reduce waste but also to try to use the sources that best guarantee, such as the deepest strata”.
Citizens will have to be explained.
“Yes, communication is essential to avoid waste”.
What is meant by waste in this period?
“Surely there are some mistakes to avoid and virtuous behaviors to keep. Manage appliances well, avoid working cars and watering the garden, more efficiency in the use of water from the tap with the jets”.
Are we Italians wasteful?
“We have the highest tap water consumption in Europe, 245 liters per day per inhabitant. Surely, our paths must change”.
Twenty-five Lombard municipalities and a hundred Piedmontese have to decide on water rationing. Will the number be able to increase?
“It is not unlikely. The risk of daytime rationing must be avoided, the situation is worse than that which occurred in 2017”.